Graduate Student Awards

Graduate students in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are eligible to apply for external funding and awards, as well as UBC and faculty-specific awards.

Anthropology Students UBC Okanagan

Graduate Student Travel Grant: Conferences

This grant supports travel to conferences for full-time graduate students in master’s or doctoral programs. In order to be eligible, students must present scholarly work (e.g. a presentation, poster, demonstration, visual arts piece or performance) at a national or international scholarly meeting or conference based on the results of research undertaken while enrolled in a graduate program, master’s or doctoral. Please also refer to UBC’s Travel Expenditures guidelines.

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis but must be received no less than one month prior to travel.

Graduate Student Travel Grant:  Workshops

Five awards of $2500 will be funded annually to support graduate students attending workshops that support their programs of research.


Please complete the application form linked below. Please also attach:

  • Copy of transcripts
  • Letter of support from Faculty Supervisor


The application deadline is September 30.  

Please note if there are funds remaining after this first competition, a second round of applications will be adjudicated in the spring.

To apply, submit your application to


The FASS IGS Graduate Field Research Award is a competitive award for MA or PhD students who undertake field research in a location outside of the Okanagan Valley during one of the winter academic terms. The Award provides funding for graduate students undertaking fieldwork when the requisite timing of their thesis-related field research prevents them from holding Teaching Assistant positions normally offered by UBCO.


  • Students must be supervised by FASS faculty
  • MA students must have completed their coursework and research proposal
  • PhD candidates must have advanced to candidacy
  • Required institutional ethics approvals must be in hand
  • Minimum duration of field research trip: one month
  • Research trip must take place within first 24 months of study for Masters students and first 48 months of study for Doctoral students


Submit to

  • A one-page (single-spaced) summary, including: (1) a very brief overview of the project, explaining the field research’s relation to thesis; (2) the reason for the timing of the field research, such as the community’s needs or the seasonality of an event being studied; and, (3) one or two sentences on how the research aligns with the IGS Theme mandate.
  • Letter from supervisor
  • Notice of BREB approval

Field Research Award Terms

The application deadline is June 15.


A $3,600 award is offered by the Henderson family through the Shuswap Community Foundation to an undergraduate or graduate student at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, who is participating in an international health and/or international community development initiative taking place in a developing country, with preference given to an international student. The award is made by Faculty, School or College nomination to Enrolment Services.

Not currently accepting applications. Please check back in March 2024.


A $1,200 prize is offered by HSBC Bank Canada in memory of the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire. The prizes are awarded to a student in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science, or the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or the Faculty of Health and Social Development, or the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus who has conducted a research project or special initiative that examines the sociological, economical, ecological, environmental, psychological, or health impacts of environmental disturbances (terrestrial, aquatic, marine; natural or human-caused). The prize will be conferred upon a student from each of the following Schools and Faculties in successive years, and in this order: the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, and then the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Not currently accepting applications. Please check back in March 2024.

Graduate Entrance Awards

Graduate Entrance Awards are available to Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students entering their first year of graduate studies in a thesis-based master’s or doctoral program or Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program. The Faculty Supervisor must be a member of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


additional award opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies offers a variety of funding options and fellowships to graduate students.